Way of Saint James - Cycling from Le Puy to Cahors

Way of Saint James - Cycling from Le Puy to Cahors

The via Podiensis starts in Le Puy which has given its name to the route. The first French pilgrim was a bishop living in Le Puy who started the route in 950. 

Gentle rolling landscape of the Velay Mounts, pastures in Margeride Plateau, here is the region of Auvergne, the heart of France, a place with a rich History. 

Then the Saint James Way crosses the Aubrac Plateau, a rural and authentic area with wonderful scenery and charming villages to finally reach Conques, this marvellous medieval place unchanged for centuries. From Figeac follow the peaceful Cele Valley to Saint Cirq Lapopie and Cahors.    

Day 1

Le Puy is a lively cultural medieval city surrounded by low mountains. Its old charming Centre with numerous museums, the famous 12th century Cathedral forms the highest point of the city, the 10th century cloister, and the iron statue of Notre-Dame de France (The Virgin Mary) overlooking the town . If you arrive early take the time to walk through the old city and visit all these renowned places. Dinner and night in a 3 star hotel.

Day 2

Le Puy-en-Velay to Saugues. 44 km (27.3 miles) +600/+900 m. Notre Dame du Puy Cathedral is the departure point for you just as thousands of pilgrims before. Today's ride crosses the green mountain of the Velay massif with stunning sceneries to Saint Privat d’Allier and continues from the canyon of the Allier River up to the Gevaudan plateau and Saugues. Dinner and night at the hotel in the lively village of Saugues.

Day 3

Saugues – Aumont Aubrac 44 km (27.3 miles) +950m/+1040 m. From the famous Tour des Anglais of Saugues, the Way of Saint James reaches the solitary highlands of the Margeride plateau where heather, broom, bilberry, pasture land as well as giant bracken compose a marvellous wild scenery. St Roch Chapel or l’Hospitalet Chapel built at 1280 metres on an isolated pass next to a hospital that was created for pilgrims, stone crosses, lost hamlets punctuate today’s ride. Depending on the season wild raspberries & strawberries line the path. Dinner and night at the hotel

Day 4

Aumont Aubrac – Estaing 68 km (42 miles) From Aumont ride up to Nasbinals and make a stop at the 12th century granite Church then from the Aubrac Pass go on to Saint Chelly and start the descent into the green Lot Valley with Saint Come d’Olt (among “the most beautiful villages of France “) and the little town of Espalion from where you follow the river up to fairy tale-like perched castle in Estaing where you will spend the night and have dinner.

Day 5

Estaing - Conques 36km (22 miles) – Quit Estaing (+320 m) up to Golinhac (+649 m) and crosses many hamlets to reach the green jewel case where Conques is nestled for so many centuries as if nothing had changed since the medieval time. This short stage gives you the time to visit this exceptional place : Conques is one of the nicest places of the via Podiensis and is considered a jewel with its three tower basilica standing out of the pointed roofs. The Portal is an unforgettable real Roman treasure. Visit Ste Foy Abbey and the cloister and enjoy the narrow streets of this gem. Dinner and night in Conques.

Day 6

Conques – Figeac 42 km (26 miles) – Leave Conques towards Decazeville, a coal mining city. In the past the Lot river enabled the transportation of coal on flat bottom boats to Bordeaux.Located in a meander of the River, Livinhac is the “garden” of the department. Visit the romanesque St Felix Church in Montredon and finish your day in the beautiful city of Figeac where Champollion was born. Dinner and night in a **star hotel in Figeac

Day 7

Figeac – Cahors 71 km (44 miles) via the Cele Valley.(+10 km to St Cirq Lapopie) From rough plateau back down to the Cele Valley in Beduer, today's ride follows the Cele river towards the charming hamlet of Espagnac Ste Eulalie. Climb a plateau to the Tour des Anglais (English Tower) perched above the river. Continue to Saint Sulpice with its troglodyte houses, then Marcilhac with the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey. Dry stone walls line the path to Cabrerets where local traditions, architecture, arts and nature of the Quercy are all explained in the open air Museum in Cuzals. After the visit of Prehistoric Pech Merle Cave, your ride goes on along the Cele River up to the Lot River in Bouziès where you can make a detour towards the beautiful village of St Cirq Lapopie (+10 km, 6.3 miles) perched on its rock spur above the river before reaching Cahors. Night in a hotel near the Valentré bridge. (dinner on your own in Cahors) This day can be split into 2 days or shorten with another route by Cajarc (70 km, 44 miles)

Day 8

Trip ends after breakfast in Cahors.

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Self guided BIKING-CYCLING
Level
THE PUY ROUTE-WAY OF ST JAMES
Duration :
8 Days
From :
750 €

Included : (see details in Dates and Prices section)

2 star hotels and guest houses- Half Board

Luggage transfer

An English road book and a map.

English speaking assistance for your reservation

 

 

Starts in : Le Puy-en-Velay

Ends in : Cahors.

Access : Le Puy en Velay : train via Lyon - Cahors train station.

 

Information : click on "ask for more information"

Phone Cecile : +33 5 58 48 71 65

 

Customize your tour : add or remove one night or more, combine with another section of the Way

 

See also :

 Cycling from Le Puy en velay to St Jean Pied de Port

 

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Highlights

The famous Via Podiensis.

The Wild Nature of Auvergne.

Conques and its treasures.

The Cele Valley